While the Miami Hurricane faithful awaits the results of a two-year NCAA investigation, the ‘Canes spring game gave a glimpse of what’s come on the field.
Team Orange defeated Team White 35-20 in a hopeful sign for both Miami’s offense and defense.
The stars came out on the Hurricanes biggest day of the spring, as quarterback Stephen Morris and running back Duke Johnson gave the crowd its money’s worth.
Morris threw four touchdowns on a mere 10 passes in the first half, while Johnson needed only 10 carries to rack up 120 yards in that same half.
Morris, one of the ACC’s top QBs, will have a barrage weapons in this Miami offense at his disposal this season. If he can get the ball out quick to avoid sacks and keep his turnovers down, there’s no reason why the ‘Canes signal-caller couldn't emerge as one of the nation’s best.
For Miami to have team success in 2013, though, its defense will have to make drastic improvements. The unit finished in the bottom 20 amongst major conferences, but looked improved when bottling up the White squad this Saturday.
Sophomore Tyriq McCord, among others, got his name in the box score with a fumble recovery in the second quarter. In addition, Denzel Perryman snagged an interception off QB Ryan Williams to cap Team Orange’s solid defensive performance.
Head coach Al Golden has done an admirable job as these allegations loom over the program, and despite a shortage of scholarships, the talent on the field continues to improve.
Some highlights of that talent, both new faces and old, can be found below.
Malcolm Lewis Scores Sweet TD
The ‘Canes spring game was not without a heartfelt story.
Lewis, the sophomore wide receiver, returned from an awful ankle injury this Saturday after several months in the trainer’s room.
The Hurricane coaching staff decided to reward Kelly for his tenacity and persistence with a staged play for the wideout.
Lewis caught a deep pass from Stephen Morris down the left sideline and coasted for the end zone while his teammates jogged behind him. Hurricane Sports on Twitter captured the scene:
An amazing day for Lewis got even better as the football program can rejoice in his successful return.
Gino Torretta and Andre Johnson Join the Action
It wouldn't be a Hurricanes spring game without a guest appearance from their esteemed alumni.
Former Heisman winner Torretta connected with 'Canes great Andre Johnson for a long score in what longtime Miami fans would call the highlight of the day.
Following Johnson's trip to the end zone, the Miami players then rushed to the Texans' wideout in celebration.
AP Sports' Tim Reynolds remarks on Torretta's surprise touchdown pass:
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Torretta now the first player to throw a Miami spring game touchdown in three different decades.4/13/2013, 8:37:53 PM
Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report.